2016-2017 SEC Rankings: College Football & Basketball Combinations
How did the SEC rank this year in the two major sports? From 1 to 14, the SEC football and basketball combinations of 2016-2017.
How did the SEC schools rank in the two major sports?
There are two sports seasons in the SEC: football season, and spring football.
Basketball matters, of course, but unlike the ACC and Big Ten, football takes on an even bigger role in the SEC world.
But you knew that.
So in the ranking of the SEC schools and the combination of football and basketball programs, success on the gridiron is weighted a little bit more.
This isn’t necessarily about which fan bases had the most fun – like the 25 Best College Football & Basketball Combinations list – this is about which schools had the most combined success in the two big sports.
14. Missouri Tigers
Football: There will be better days under Barry Odom. The coaching staff full of defensive talent couldn’t get the D working, but the O was interesting in a 4-8 season. Mizzou finished last in the SEC East.
Basketball: Awful, awful, awful. The Tigers won just eight games and went 2-16 in the SEC season. They might have lost 21 of their last 24 games, but they messed up Auburn with a late shocker.
The Deal: Miz-erable. There wasn’t much fun in Columbia, finishing dead last in a 14-team conference in both major sports.
13. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Football: Miss State beat Ole Miss and got to a bowl game – and won it – so finishing 6-7 doesn’t matter all that much. There were some clunkers, though, like the opening loss to South Alabama.
Basketball: Yuck. The Bulldogs finished a mediocre 16-16 overall and 12th in the SEC. They lost ten of their last 13 games.
The Deal: The 6-7 football record might have stunk, but fans won’t care – they wouldn’t have been happy going 8-4 with a loss to Ole Miss. The basketball program wasn’t enough of a factor.
12. Ole Miss Rebels
Football: Expected to come up with a special season, the year started out poorly with the Laremy Tunsil issues, a few big early losses, some key injuries, and worst of all, a loss to Mississippi State to miss out on a bowl appearance to finish 5-7.
Basketball: It was the saving grace considering the football side of things. The Rebels finished 10-8 in the SEC, but got to the NIT and kept the season rolling. It wasn’t the NCAAs, but it was an okay season.
The Deal: The basketball program had a nice year, and the football season had reasonable excuses – the Chad Kelly injury mattered – but at least Shea Patterson looks like the next-big-thing QB. The off-the-field football issues – and no bowl next season – knocked the Rebels down a few spots.
11. LSU Tigers
Football: Considering the Tigers had one of the most talented teams in the country coming into the season, going 8-4 and canning Les Miles wasn’t what everyone had in mind.
Basketball: Ugh. LSU seemed to go out of its way to lose to lousy teams, finishing tied for last in the SEC with a 2-16 season and a 10-21 overall campaign.
The Deal: The basketball team dragged down the Tigers to this low spot. The football team turned things around under Ed Orgeron, and it closed out with a dominant bowl win over Louisville, but it was still a disappointment.
10. Texas A&M Aggies
Football: Considering how hot the Aggies were to start the season, finishing 8-5 with a bowl loss to Kansas State was awful. There was so much promise and potential, and then they lost three of their last five games.
Basketball: It wasn’t anything great. The Aggies finished with a winning 16-15 record, but they got rolled by Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament. They tied for ninth in the SEC regular season.
The Deal: Will Texas A&M football ever push through under Kevin Sumlin? It’s always entertaining, but it’s falling further behind Alabama, while running in place against the rest of the league. The hoops side had a down year, but it should rebound quickly.
9. Tennessee Volunteers
Football: It was a massive disappointment considering what was expected out of a loaded team. The Vols weren’t supposed to finish second in the East tied with Georgia and Kentucky, and they weren’t supposed to go 9-4 with a loss to Vanderbilt.
Basketball: The 16-16 season and 8-10 SEC run isn’t what’s supposed to happen under Rick Barnes. The Vols closed out losing seven of their last ten games.
The Deal: Neither season was a total disaster, but both teams failed to do enough. With Georgia about to get better and Florida still solid, did the football window close to win the East? Nah, but 2016 was supposed to be the year.
8. Auburn Tigers
Football: Considering it was all doom and gloom from some prognosticators coming into the season, going 8-5 with a trip to the Sugar Bowl was a big deal. Injuries proved costly late, but it was an okay campaign.
Basketball: Who loses to Missouri in a game that matters? The MU Tigers were awful, but they beat Auburn in the SEC Tournament. AU finished 7-11 in conference play, and 18-14 overall.
The Deal: There’s life again for the football program. It looked like the Gus Malzahn era could come to a close after a rocky start, but a miraculous shift in fate late to beat LSU ended up changing that around. The basketball team was a few late wins from finishing in the hunt for the NCAAs.
7. Georgia Bulldogs
Football: There might have been some major disappointments with a brutal loss to Tennessee in the final seconds and a loss to Florida, but the needle is pointing up. The Dawgs finished 8-5 with a bowl win over TCU.
Basketball: Mediocre, the Bulldogs couldn’t get into a groove going 9-9 in the conference. A winning season and a trip to the NIT wasn’t bad compared to a few disastrous seasons by other SEC schools.
The Deal: The machine appears to be just getting rolling on the football side. Great recruiting classes and a loaded team returning should set the expectations sky high for Kirby Smart’s second season. Next year, the hoops team needs to get into the NCAAs.
6. Vanderbilt Commodores
Football: Vandy beat Tennessee and Georgia on the way to a bowl appearance. So it was an ugly post-season showing – whatever. Winning six and getting an extra game is a big deal for the school no matter what.
Basketball: The Commodores might have struggled for a while – finishing fifth the regular season – but a two-win run in the SEC Tournament got them into the NCAAs with a 9 seed. Beating Florida turned out to matter.
The Deal: Considering the bar is set lower for the football program – at least compared to the league’s big programs – it was a phenomenal season for the school. The basketball team might have had a problem for a long January stretch, but it got into the tourney. That’s all that matters.
5. South Carolina Gamecocks
Football: It was hardly a horrible first year under Will Muschamp. More will be needed very soon, but going 6-7 with a bowl appearance was a solid first step.
Basketball: Frank Mason’s team finished tied for third in the SEC regular season. The flameout loss to Alabama in the SEC Tournament doesn’t matter, getting a 7 seed in the NCAAs.
The Deal: The football side of things has to start doing more – and it will as Muschamp gets settled in – but the hoops held up their end of the bargain.
4. Arkansas Razorbacks
Football: Razorback football continues to be a mild disappointment under Bret Bielema, but it finished with a 7-6 winning record and got to a bowl game. And lost.
Basketball: It was a good run to the SEC Tournament championship game – losing to Kentucky – after finishing tied for third in the SEC regular season. The Hogs earned an 8 seed.
The Deal: Arkansas continues to be pretty good in both big spots, but hardly elite. The football side has to start making more noise in the SEC West race.
3. Kentucky Wildcats
Football: Not only did Kentucky finally get back over the hump and to a bowl game and a 7-6 winning season, but they beat Louisville along the way.
Basketball: Ho hum. Another year, another SEC championship run, taking both the regular season title and the conference tournament, earning an NCAA No. 2 seed.
The Deal: Still the star of SEC basketball, the machine keeps on rolling. UK fans care about football, too, and they finally got to have some fun.
2. Florida Gators
Football: It might not have been the season Florida fans wanted with blowout losses to Florida State and Alabama late, but the Gators won the SEC East and got to the conference championship going 9-4. Closing with a bowl blowout over Iowa helped.
Basketball: The Gators finished second in the SEC regular season behind Kentucky. The SEC Tournament might not have been great, but Florida got a 4 seed in the NCAAs.
The Deal: A reasonable case could be made that Florida was really the SEC’s best combination of football and basketball, but since football means almost everything …
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Football: The Crimson Tide won the SEC championship – again – and came within seconds of taking the national title. Going 14-1 is still amazing, even if the year ended in heartbreaking fashion.
Basketball: Basketball might be along for the ride, but it finished with a winning season, was okay in the SEC Tournament, and got into the NIT.
The Deal: Football matters in the SEC – news flash. Alabama still rules the football roost, and wasn’t miserable on the hardwood.